Running is the perfect answer to all the things we love about vibrant Nashville – it’s quiet and peaceful, and exceptionally sublime when it happens in one of the many natural areas that surround our amazing city. Here are our top picks for great runs in the greater Nashville area.
Stones River Greenway
This trail is open to many uses and runs between the Cumberland River and the J. Percy Priest Reservoir at Nashville Shores. One of a number of greenbelt areas in the region, Stones River is a favorite because it parallels the Stones River, accesses a number of parks along the way, and can be used as a connector to Shelby Bottoms Greenway.
Richland Creek Greenway
Linking Sylvan Park with Cherokee Park, this greenway offers lush greenery, access to the White Bridge Road trailhead, and plenty of distance to log your miles.
Percy & Edwin Warner Parks
Known as the Warner Parks, they are located 9 miles from downtown Nashville. Each park offers numerous trails to link interesting and multi-distance runs. Run Pery’s Mossy Ridge Trail for over 4 miles of challenging terrain or change up your scenery each run by navigating numerous trails for one long run – the options are limitless.
Harpeth River Greenway
Paved, flat, and multi use, this greenway trail follows the serene Harpeth River. Several trailhead options help you decide the miles you’d like to target for an optimal run and workout. Plus, pavement means you can invite a cycling friend along to help you keep your pace.
Long Hunter State Park
While more of a destination run, Long Hunter State Park offers miles of trails to explore. The trail system – at over 25 miles – provides easy to moderate dirt trails that wind their way through oak and hickory forests with the occasional bluff overlook.
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